When your home develops foundation distress, you should act promptly and have it checked and inspected right away. Whether you find cracks on the bricks and sheetrock, sticking (or stuck) windows and doors, fractures on concrete and tiles, know that all these point toward a major structural problem of foundation movement.
Bouldercontractors.com warns homeowners of the severe consequences that these structural problems can bring. Repairing such issues should be a priority as these could lead to safety hazards, decrease in property value, and even render the building unlivable.
Water, in most cases, is the primary cause of foundation movement — specifically, water in the soil. Expansive soil can either swell due to excess water or shrink because of inadequate water.
Regardless of the water-related cause, this leads to foundation movement, which then results in the consolidation of improper rock fill or soil compaction.
A compromised building foundation often leads to the settlement of slabs. When slabs ‘settle’, they bring forth even more problems, some of which give rise to safety hazards.
Others affect integral components, such as the drainage system. You might even find some of your household devices and equipment malfunctioning due to these foundation issues.
Addressing issues early
Foundation distress can already cause significant (and hazardous) structural damage to your home. Therefore, you should address them right away. Even the smallest issues, with enough time, can quickly escalate.
Your best defense is to always be on the lookout for signs of such damages and have professional contractors handle them for you as soon as you notice them. This way, you can protect yourself and your loved ones as well as maintain your home’s overall livability and value.